Edmonton Journal: CHBA-ER 2015 Awards of Excellence Gala recognizes industry leaders
By Ryan Garner, Edmonton Journal
May 4, 2015
Homes might be their passion, but Edmonton’s residential construction industry leaders were transported far from them during the Canadian Home Builders’ Association — Edmonton Region 2015 Awards of Excellence in Housing Gala on Saturday, April 25.
A Bollywood theme welcomed nearly 1,900 industry professionals to the Shaw Conference Centre, celebrating the creative design and craftsmanship of Edmonton builders and renovators. In total, 62 awards were presented during the Awards of Excellence in Housing Gala, recognizing excellence and professionalism in the field of building, design, renovation, sales and marketing within the home construction industry.
Attendees were immediately transported to the world of Bollywood, as colourful tablecloths, sumptuous decor, and extravagant musical numbers transformed the space and produced a lively and memorable evening. Guests were presented with traditional Indian scarves in a variety of colours and a bindi, a small dot applied to the centre of the forehead between the eyebrows.
Opening remarks were delivered by Jason Sutton, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association — Edmonton Region and director of sales and marketing manager of the Landmark Group of Companies. He welcomed everyone to the celebration, congratulating the industry on a wonderful year, introducing VIPs, and thanking sponsors and volunteers. Sharon Copithorne, CEO for the CHBA — Edmonton Region then brought attendees up to date on industry news.
The show started with a lively performance from the MKM Bollystars Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Calgary-born Shivani Thakkar, based in Los Angeles. The crowd was entertained with colourful and enthusiastic dance routines that enhanced the ‘Welcome To Bollywood’ theme.
The Professional Home Builders Institute presented the Buyers Choice Award. Highly anticipated major awards were saved for the end of the gala, as Aquarian Renovations was named Renovator of the Year. Vicky’s Homes was awarded Builder of the Year, Single Family — Small Volume, Homes by Avi took home the prize for Builder of the Year, Single Family — Large Volume, and Carrington Communities was named Builder of the Year — Multi-Family for the second consecutive year.
Vicky’s Homes, Homes by Avi and Carrington Communities shared the distinction of winning the most awards for the evening, as each company received four awards outside of the sales categories. In addition to the small volume prize, Vicky’s Homes was named Best Single Family Home $325,000-$350,000; $450,000-$525,000; and $525,000-$650,000.
“It is a great privilege to be recognized by the CHBA-ER for our efforts,” said Vicky Kujundzic, owner of Vicky’s Homes. “Our goal at the outset of every project is to create a home that reflects outstanding functionality, innovative design solutions, and quality craftsmanship. To be singled out as a leader in this competitive field is absolutely wonderful.”
Homes by Avi also won awards for Best Single Family Home $300,000-$325,000; $375,000-$400,000; and a New Home Buyers Choice Award. Carrington Communities took home honours for Best Multi-Family Apartment Style Under $250,000; $250,000-$325,000; and an award for Best Website.
Rohit Communities came away from the event with three awards. The company won the award for Best Sales & Information Centre for Multi-Family Homes, the Leadership Award, which encompasses a variety of professional and environmental achievements, and Rohit Land Development was awarded Best Direct Mail/Email Promotion in Advertising.
“It is an honour to be competing against the most celebrated in the Edmonton housing industry,” said Tiffany Vanderputten, operations manager of Rohit Communities. “To be recognized in a variety of categories ranging from advertising to design to leadership demonstrates that we are not just segmented to one section of the business and speaks to the experience, dedication, and diverse skill set encompassed by our team.”
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